Music theory and musicianship

Music Theory & Musicianship Courses & Classes in London and Online

We teach a full range of Music Theory classes for Western staff notation, and Musicianship classes to enhance your practical music skills from composition to sight-singing.

Each course is a live, interactive class with presentations, discussions and study exercises lead by your teacher. Most courses run online (via Zoom) and will have an accompanying online ‘Google classroom’ with handouts and sound files to enhance your learning between sessions. To read more visit our blog: Musicianship & Music Theory courses at City Lit

Our staff are all professional musicians - performers, composers and music historians - many with a postgraduate music qualification. Please see individual course outlines for tutor biographies.

Many of our music theory students have used our courses as preparation for ABRSM music theory exams (external to city lit) and achieved excellent results. Students also learn out of curiosity and exams are not compulsory! The vast majority of our students are learning to support their instrumental or singing studies as they have decided they would like to read staff music notation with more confidence.

We have classes for complete beginners as well as advanced students so please email us at music@citylit.ac.uk if you would like help choosing the correct level course for your current need

Some of our courses take place in the classroom — learn more about Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit.

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  1. Musicianship: aural training with solfa A
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 10 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    These online practical sessions will focus on sight-singing and aural perception to develop your general musicianship. Gain a deeper understanding of different tonalities, develop your ability to pick out notes in chords, write down melodies that you hear, and improve your rhythmic accuracy. Based on the famous Kodály method. Leads to part B next term. Break week: 14 Feb 2022.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £103.00
  2. Musicianship: aural training with solfa E
    Last Few Places, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 10 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    A continuation from year 1, this course develops students’ aural awareness, sight singing and transcription skills.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £103.00
  3. Music theory: diploma topics 2
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 10 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Explore the music theory topics equivalent in standard to the first year of an undergraduate degree. The topics in this module are selected from the Trinity Associate (AMusTCL) syllabus. Prepare for this exam, or just develop your knowledge. This term: Prescribed works. Mid-term break: 14 Feb 2022.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £121.00
  4. Music theory: grade 4
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 11 Jan 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Study more complex musical language including duplets, double-dotted rhythms, alto clef, double sharps/flats, the



    concept of enharmonic equivalence, and recognising and writing common triads. Learn the technical names for scale degrees, and standard ornaments and instruments. This course has a break week (27 Oct) and Christmas break (1 Dec-5 Jan) returning 12th Jan.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £97.00
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  5. Music theory: counterpoint 2
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 11 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Explore the art of counterpoint, a musical technique in which two or more melodies are combined to create a highly engaging musical texture. Through analysis and practical exercises, you'll learn to write effective counterpoint in a variety of stylistic contexts. Leads to part 3 next term. Scheduled break week: 15 Feb 2021.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £219.00 Concession £134.00
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  6. Music theory: grade 6
    Last Few Places, Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 12 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Develop your understanding of musical language by learning to write four-part harmony, harmonise and write diatonic melodies, modulate, and analyse scores (harmony, melodic decoration, phrase structure, performance instructions, stylistic implications).



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £219.00
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  7. Song writing workshop 2
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 12 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Continue to study and use creative techniques to structure your ideas into memorable melodies and catchy lyrics. Collaborate with other musicians and songwriters to inspire you to compose new songs and finish half-completed songs. Live online sessions.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £73.00
  8. Music theory: grade 5
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 13 Jan 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online (other locations are available)

    Learn about irregular metre, tenor clef, major and minor keys to six flats/sharps, primary triads, cadences, and



    standard expression signs. Essential for anyone taking higher grade practical exams. break week: 17th Feb 2022.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £97.00
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  9. Music theory: grade 2
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 13 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Develop your knowledge of musical language by learning to read and write rhythm and melody in simple and compound time. Explore the concept of ledger lines, minor scales, intervals, and common key signatures, terms and signs. break week: 17 Feb, 2022.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £127.00 Concession £97.00
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  10. Musicianship 2: bass clef, scales and rhythm
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 13 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    If you understand time signatures and major scales in C, F and G, join this course to learn about minor scales and the bass clef, and to develop rhythm writing and playing. Live online practical sessions.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £179.00 Concession £109.00
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  11. Music theory: grade 3
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 16 Jan 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Develop your understanding of musical language by learning to read and write rhythm and melody in compound time, phrase structure and anacrusis (upbeat/pickup), transposing between clefs, major and minor keys up to four



    sharps/flats. Break week: 20 Feb 2022.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £121.00
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  12. Musicianship 2: rhythm
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 16 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Supplement your instrumental or singing activities by studying to improve your musical timekeeping. You will play and sing in these online classes, reading and writing rhythms, and work by ear.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £149.00 Concession £91.00
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  13. Musicianship 1: listening and reading, pitch and rhythm
    Course start date:  Tue 18 Jan 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street (other locations are available)

    Learn to name and recognise what you hear, to organise music notation, write it and read it. These practical and academic sessions are suitable for absolute beginners, which may include students who play by ear and do not read yet.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £91.00
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  14. Musicianship 2: ear training
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 20 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Enhance your aural awareness and improve your recognition and response to music in practice. We will sing intervals, scales and harmonies, and set routines for you to practise. Live practical sessions online.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £169.00 Concession £103.00
    Rating:
    98% of 100
  15. Jazz rhythm section workout
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 22 Jan 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Rhythm section players will be coached in matters of playing together, navigating jazz standards. For drummers, bass players, guitarists and pianists who have studied jazz formally.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £189.00 Concession £115.00

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